As Attorney General of Mississippi, Jim Hood is an aggressive prosecutor and dedicated public servant who is committed to protecting the citizens of our state and to making Mississippi a safer place to live.
Since his election in 2003, and earlier as Third Judicial District Attorney in North Mississippi, Attorney General Hood has consistently advocated for crime victims and worked to safeguard Mississippi?s most vulnerable citizens ? children and the elderly. Now serving his second term in office, Attorney General Hood continues to implement new programs and to expand the successful initiatives begun during his first term.
Attorney General Hood is a passionate champion of children. He works tirelessly to prevent children from being abused and exploited, and to rescue those who have already fallen prey to those who do them harm. He founded the nation?s leading Cyber Crime Unit and Fusion Center. Based in the Attorney General?s office, the Cyber Crime Fusion Center is the hub from which state, federal, and local agencies investigate and prosecute internet predators who target children and vulnerable adults.
As a prosecutor, Attorney General Hood has tried more than 100 jury cases while serving as District Attorney. He successfully prosecuted several historic cases, including the prosecution and conviction of Edgar Ray Killen for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers. As District Attorney, he also successfully prosecuted death penalty cases, including one which he originally won a conviction, and later, as Attorney General, argued and won an appeal of the case before the United States Supreme Court.
As Attorney General, Jim Hood has established a Vulnerable Adults Unit, a Domestic Violence Unit, an Identity Theft Unit, and a Crime Prevention and Victims Services Division to better protect Mississippians. He has launched initiatives to prevent workplace and school violence, and stalking and domestic assault. Attorney General Hood has developed and distributed numerous publications to assist and educate both consumers and other public service entities in areas such as cyber crime, consumer protection, domestic violence, victims assistance, election, and government law.
After Hurricane Katrina ravaged Mississippi, bringing with it unscrupulous opportunists who victimized citizens, Attorney General Hood worked to strengthen laws to protect consumers, while ceaselessly prosecuting offenders cases of home repair fraud, price gouging, identity theft, and financial scams. He has recovered more than $300 million for Mississippi tax-payers from large corporate violators.
Attorney General Hood has also placed emphasis on protecting the utility ratepayers of Mississippi by ensuring that public utilities that hold monopolies on power operate with the utmost transparency so that consumers are not overcharged. In one such case, Attorney General Hood was forced to file a lawsuit against Entergy Corporation, charging the company with with fraud, unjust enrichment, anti-trust violations and other illegal conduct.
Attorney General Hood will continue to fight for better protection for children, senior citizens and consumers in Mississippi. He spearheaded a national emphasis with other Attorneys General on hazardous counterfeit products, cyber initiatives, and child protective programs.
Attorney General Hood received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in December 1988. After graduation he served as a clerk with the Mississippi Supreme Court, as an Assistant Attorney General for five years, and as District Attorney for the Third Judicial District for eight years. He was educated in the public schools of Chickasaw County. He is a fifth generation Mississippian and an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children ? Rebecca, Matthew, and Annabelle.
The Attorney General is the chief legal officer and advisor for the State of Mississippi on both civil and criminal matters. His responsibility is to represent public officials and governmental agencies and to issue legal opinions that interpret state law.
The Attorney General has the sole power under Mississippi law to bring or defend a lawsuit on behalf of the state. He acts as counsel to state agencies to defend them or bring suit on their behalf. Most importantly, the Office is charged with the representation of the people of the State of Mississippi.
A staff of attorneys, investigators, and office personnel enable the Attorney General to serve the needs of the state. Since 1988, the traditional role of the Attorney General has been expanded to include investigation of white collar crime and large scale drug operations, as well as increased responsibility in gaming and environmental matters. Under the Mississippi Consumer Protection Act of 1994, the Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection may investigate and prosecute businesses engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices and unfair methods of competition.